LASIK for Astigmatism at North Shore Eye Care
North Shore Eye Care is a leader in laser vision correction in Long Island New York. Our board certified eye doctors are available in Smithtown and Riverhead and serve the patients of Nassau and Suffolk County. Our LASIK experts are often asked if laser eye surgery can fix astigmatism. The answer is yes.
Astigmatism describes a type of visual blur that is different than nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). The cornea is the front clear window of the eye that sits in front of the iris or colored part of the eye. Through the cornea, you can see the pupil. People with astigmatism have corneas that are less spherical like a basketball and more oval like a football. The result of an astigmatic cornea is that images are blurred at all distances, both far and near. Astigmatism can be corrected by glasses, contact lenses, and also with LASIK.
When LASIK was first FDA approved, astigmatism correction was not yet possible. At the time, our LASIK experts were only able to correct nearsightedness. Astigmatism and farsightedness were approved over the next few years. Astigmatism is more complex to correct because astigmatism exists at an axis or a direction. When we test vision, patients are sitting up. When a patient moves from a seated position to lying down, the eye can rotate a few degrees and it is possible that the axis of astigmatism may no longer line up perfectly. With the creation of iris registration on the Customvue platform, that problem was solved in a sophisticated and amazing way. Today with Customvue LASIK, a detailed map of each patients visual system is obtained. Each person's visual fingerprint is unique just like your fingerprint on your hand. At the time of the Custom Vision Map, iris registration is also recorded. By using the unique iris landmarks of each patient, the vision correction treatment is lined up perfectly regardless of the patient position. This incredible advancement in technology has allowed the LASIK surgeons at North Shore Eye Care in Long Island to help their patients achieve the visual results desired.
Having LASIK is a big decision and we want you to make the right decision. The board certified LASIK experts at North Shore Eye Care have been featured in "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area" by Castle Connolly as seen in Newsday, the New York Times, and New York Magazine. We are the Official Eye Care Providers of the New York Islanders and the Official LASIK Providers of the New York Mets. We have a LIFETIME COMMITMENT on our LASIK laser vision correction procedures... you pay once and if you need an enhancement or touch-up, it's on us. We also offer zero percent financing for two years. Our brand new LASIK center in Smithtown is the newest and best LASIK center on Long Island. These are some of the reasons that so many Long Islanders have chosen North Shore Eye Care for their LASIK procedure.
So what are you waiting for? Come and see a North Shore Eye Care LASIK expert in our Smithtown or Riverhead offices. We are ready with a smile and kindness, but also we are ready to answer all of your questions and keep you informed and comfortable.